Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 434/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Thirteen" - Rated 406/500!
Seemingly snake-bit from the start, Big Star's pure creative side exploded
with their first two albums, both of which would eventually become icons of
American Power Pop. This Memphis foursome, originally founded by Chris Bell in
1971 and joined shortly thereafter by the legendary chameleon Alex Chilton,
would suffer due to personnel issues and distribution problems by their label,
delaying their place in musical history. One of the ultimate cult bands in
popular music, #1 Record and Radio City would both influence artists-to-come
such as Tom Petty, R.E.M., The Replacements and The Bangles, to name just a few.
Both titles placed within Rolling Stone magazine's poll of The 500 Greatest
Albums of All Time.
#1 Record (1972) is the band's only full album to feature Chris Bell. This
brilliant debut sustains a 1960's British feel mixed with a Memphis edge. The
layered twin alpha-male harmonies are slightly reminiscent of Lennon and
McCartney's early Parlophone sides. The singles released, "When My Baby's Beside
Me" and "Don't Lie To Me" reveal surprisingly elegant songwriting from talent so
young while another album track, "In The Streets", would later be resurrected
and slightly reworked as the main opening theme to the television sit-com That
70's Show, turning a whole new generation onto their staying power.
"Chilton wrote this acoustic ballad about two kids in love with rock & roll, featuring the deathless couplet 'Won't you tell your dad, 'Get off my back'/Tell him what we said about 'Paint It Black.'' It's simple musically; as Chilton said, 'I was still learning to play and stuff.' It never came out as a single or got any radio play, but 'Thirteen' is one of rock's most beautiful celebrations of adolescence." - Rolling Stone
• Vinyl LP
Christopher Bell, guitars, vocals
Alex Chilton, guitars, vocals
Andy Hummel, bass guitar, piano, vocals
Jody Stephens, drums, vocals
2. The Ballad of El Goodo
3. In the Street
5. Don't Lie To Me
6. The India Song
7. When My Baby's Beside Me
8. My Life Is Right
9. Give Me Another Chance
10. Try Again
11. Watch the Sunrise
12. ST 100/6